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The Photobiology Association of Japan

The Photobiology Association of Japan (PAJ) was established in 1982 as a joint organization of 14 academic societies, which shared interest in photobiology. Though some members were changed after then, PAJ plays steadily active role in promoting photobiology in Japan. Now it is composed of the following academic societies:

The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
The Biophysical Society of Japan
The Japanese Biochemical Society
The Japan Radiation Research Society
The Japanese Society for Photomedicine and Phtotobiology
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Zoological Society of Japan
The Japanese Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
The Japanese Photochemistry Association
The Botanical Society of Japan
The Japanese Association for Photosynthesis Research
The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry

Council member is composed of representatives from these societies. The Council is the decision-makingbody of PAJ and will be fully responsible for the PAJ in the matter of science and business and also responsible for the AIP in the matter of science and business as the representative of Japan, including the proposal for candidates of Finsen Medalist's and awardees and named lecturers. The Council shall be convened, at the call of the president, twice a year. Two meetings shall be held at the Photobiology Meeting of Japan.

The presidents of PAJ:
in 1997-1998, Dr. Masamitsu Wada, Tokyo Metropolitan University
in 1999-2000, Dr. Motoyuki Tsuda, Himeji Institute of Technology
in 2001-2002, Dr. Masako Sasaki, Tokai University.
in 2003-2004, Dr. Tadashi Ohishi, Nara Women's University

PAJ has been holding Photobiology Symposium every year, sponsored many scientific meetings on photobiology, and has played a key role in getting the research fund for the splendid works on photobiology. PAJ also sponsored the 11th International Congress on Photobiology at 1992 in Kyoto, Japan, and has published encyclopedia on photobiology.

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